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Light blue touch paper and retire to the safety of the DJ booth! Parquet Courts meet Danny Krivit uptown for a punk funk / disco-not-disco / indie dance special which couldn't be more Piccadilly if it tried. Not only does the A-side of this limited disco platter combine the musical talents of two of our all time favourites (2012 Album of the Year winners Packet Quartz and ten time All Star Edit champion Danny Krivit) but it also sounds like it's beamed in store directly from the Hacienda circa 1987. Taking the loose funk of PC's album stand out "Wide Awake!" and running with it, Mr K lets those slacker guitar licks ride tumbling drums, teases the odd electronic beep and lets the shout-a-long vocal drop before finally letting us have the full force of the bassline. Groovy as it gets and boasting all the bells and whistles you could ever wish for, this is the greatest dancefloor jam Madchester never wrote for luck. Flip it for a heater from the other end of the Hacienda spectrum as Australian producer and engineer Mikey Young replaces the bassline with an electronic pulse, strips the percussion back to a roland jack and stretches the track out into the kind of club killer you'd expect to hear Park or Pickering hammering at the end of the warm up. The Aussie closes the set in slamming fashion with a fucking punishing acid techno rework of "Normalisation" which rattles through the wormhole at a dizzying 150 bpm - techno punk at its finest.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Garnering maximum Piccadilly buzz right now, the combination of Danny Krivit's edit expertise and the slacker punk-funk of Parquet Courts has the old guard reminiscing about their halcyon days at the Hac or blah, and us young'uns reliving the DFA era with endorphin soaked enthusiasm. Chuck in a Mikey Young's Manc house mix and techno punk stormer and you've got yourself a killer kid!

For a limited period only both formats come with a FREE 3 track remix CD bonus disc.

Parquets Courts' fifth album 'Wide Awake!' - produced by Danger Mouse - is a groundbreaking work, an album about independence and individuality but also about collectivity and communitarianism. The songs, written by Andrew Savage and Austin Brown but elevated to even greater heights by the dynamic rhythmic propulsion of Max Savage (drums) and Sean Yeaton (bass), are filled with their traditional punk rock passion, as well as a lyrical tenderness. The record reflects a burgeoning confidence in the band's exploration of new ideas in a hi-fi context.

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Barry says: It's hard to dislike Parquet Courts, with their dedication to oddball time signatures and funked-out chaka-chaka rhythms, turning the idea of guitar bands on their head, with a heady mix of soaring power chords, introspective breakdowns and massive, chugging heft. Classic PC.

FORMAT INFORMATION

LP includes MP3 Download Code.

Parquet Courts

Mardi Gras Beads

    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

    Limited 7” / Brand new song from the forthcoming album in May / Exclusive indies only B side

    Daniele Luppi, is probably most famous for arranging Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy", but he really caught our attention when he collaborated with Danger Mouse on "Rome" back in 2011. This album sees the Italian composer collaborate with Piccadilly favourites Parquet Courts as he heads north in his native country to bring us "Milano". The album's influence is Milan in the mid 80's and provides us with a snapshot of the city as he remembers it - from the flashy glamour of the time to it's dark underbelly. Parquet Courts do what they do best, providing a raw urgency, with jagged guitars and nonchalant vocals, and Karen O makes a few appearances to add a bit of Yeah Yeah Yeah's swagger to proceedings. 
    In a way, it's sort of a sequal to "Rome", but it's a very different beast altogether.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: This collaboration sees Italian composer Daniele Luppi and shop favourites Parquet Courts coming together in a cacophony of snarling indie and clashing energetic percussion, topped (in the most part) by Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeah's fame. Cue much off-kilter rhythmic showboating and moaning vocals. So much so in fact, that Matt asked me if I was listening to porn on my headphones. I was not. Excellent all-round, everything you'd expect from this calibre of musician.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Recorded over the course of a year against a backdrop of personal instability, Human Performance massively expands the idea of what a Parquet Courts record can be. They've been one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last 5 years; this is the record that backs all those words up.

    “Every day it starts, anxiety,” began the first song on 2014’s Content Nausea. Those were essentially the song’s only lyrics, but Human Performance picks up where that thought left off, picking apart the anxieties of modern life: “The unavoidable noise of NYC that can be maddening, the kind of the impossible struggle against clutter, whether it's physical or mental or social,” says singer, guitarist and Human Performance producer/mixer Austin Brown.

    There has always been the emotional side of Parquet Courts, which has always had an important balance with the more discussed cerebral side, but Andrew Savage sees Human Performance as a redistribution of weight in that balance. "I began to question my humanity, and if it was always as sincere as I thought, or if it was a performance,” says Savage. “I felt like a sort of malfunctioning apparatus,” he says. “Like a machine programmed to be human showing signs of defect.”

    The sonic diversity, time, and existential effort that went into its creation makes Human Performance Parquet Courts' most ambitious record to date. It's a work of incredible creative vision born of seemingly insurmountable adversity. It is also their most accessible record yet. 



    STAFF COMMENTS

    Darryl says: After bursting on the scene with the explosive and thrilling splendour of “Light Up Gold” (a Piccadilly Records Album Of The Year back in 2013) Parquet Courts seemed to be on a mission to alienate with a succession of somewhat “difficult” releases, the ‘Monastic Living’ EP in particular was a real head scratcher! But thankfully with ‘Human Performance’ the Brooklyn based four piece have rediscovered their smart pop edge.
    Kicking off with the upbeat and catchy “Dust”, the band immediately plug in to their trademark “Americana punk” showcasing an uber cool sound that brings to mind the perfect New York lineage of Sonic Youth, Television and The Velvet Underground.
    Almost every track on ‘Human Performance’ screams “Single” potential; we have the goofball pop of “I Was Just Here”, “Berlin Got Blurry” and afore mentioned “Dust”; the slacker-rock (dare we say Pavement influences?) of “Paraphased”, “Outside” and “Keep It Even”; the jaunty rumbles of “Pathos Prairie” and “Captive Of The Sun”; the mellow hazy-psych of “Steady On Mind” and the uptempo but chilling “Two Dead Cops”. The title track chronicling a relationship breakdown is a serious song of the year contender with its introspective verses and explosive shouted choruses; and then we have album’s centrepiece, “One Man No City”, a six minute plus drawn-out long-jam epic combining bongos and the jagged guitars of “The Gift” period VU. Lastly, "It's Gonna Happen" is a perfect finale, a brooding refrain that leads out with the reflective “…it’s gonna happen every time so rehearse with me in mind…”
    ‘Human Performance’ is Parquet Courts reaching a songwriting peak, refined and intelligent off-kilter Brooklyn art-rock.

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    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Parquet Courts / Joey Pizza Slice

    Split

      Split release by 2 of our very favorite artists, Parquet Courts & Joey Pizza Slice. Each one has long admired the other's catalog through various incarnations & releases. Now they get a chance to cover one another's songs. Joey Pizza Slice gives tribute to the angular churn of Parquay Court's "Picture of Health", while Parquay Courts turn Joey's synth pop masterpiece "Pretty Girls" into the perfect summer jam that will get you stoked about cloudy days & being ignored all the time - it's just a matter of perspective after all!

      Parquet Courts

      Live At Third Man Records

        Parquet Courts brought a sweltering performance to the hallowed grounds of Third Man’s Blue Room on June 5th of last year--and very fortunately, TMR was able to lovingly capture it with their one-of-a-kind, direct-to-acetate recording process. The set included a dynamic selection of songs from last year’s critically acclaimed album Sunbathing Animal, as well as the 2013 EP, Tally All The Things That You Broke. The end result? A record that will have your feet stompin’ and body rockin’ as soon as the needle hits.

        Parquet Courts

        Sunbathing Animal - Indies Only Vinyl With Bonus 7"

          Indie shops only version includes a bonus 7".

          The year and change since the release of Parquet Courts monumental Light Up Gold is reflected in ways expected and not with Sunbathing Animal, its sharper, harder follow up, due out 2nd June on Rough Trade Records / and 3rd June on What’s Your Rupture / Mom & Pop in the US. Following their quietly released 2011 debut American Specialties, Light Up Gold caught the ears of everyone paying even a little bit of attention, garnering glowing reviews across the board for its weird colors and raw energy, saturated punk songs that offered crystal clear lyrical snapshots of city life. It was immediately memorable, a vivid portrait of ragged days, listlessness, aimlessness and urgency, broadcast with the intimacy of hearing a stranger’s thoughts as you passed them on the street.

          As it goes with these things, the band went on tour for a short eternity, spending most of 2013 on the road, their sound growing more direct in the process and their observations expanding beyond life at home. Constant touring was broken up by three recording sessions that would make up the new album, and the time spent in transit comes through in repeated lyrical themes of displacement, doubt and situational captivity. To be sure, Sunbathing Animal isn’t a record about hopelessness, as any sort of incarceration implies an understanding of freedom and peace of mind. Fleeting moments of bliss are also captured in its grooves, and extended at length as if to preserve them. Pointed articulations of these ideas are heard as schizoid blues rants, shrill guitar leads, purposefully lengthy repetition and controlled explosions, reaching their peak on the blistering title track. A propulsive projection of how people might play the blues 300 years from now, “Sunbathing Animal” is a roller coaster you can’t get off, moving far too fast and looping into eternity. 

          Much as Light Up Gold and the subsequent EP Tally All The Things That You Broke offered a uniquely tattered perspective on everyday city life, Sunbathing Animal applies the same layered thoughts and sprawling noise to more cerebral, inward-looking themes. While heightened in its heaviness and mania, the album also represents a huge leap forward in terms of songwriting and vision. Still rooted firmly in the unshackled exploration and bombastic playing of their earlier work, everything here is amplified in its lucidity and intent. The songs wander through threads of blurry brilliance, exhaustion and fury at the hilt of every note. Parquet Courts remain, Austin Brown, A. Savage, Sean Yeaton, and M. Savage.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd LP Info: Gatefold sleeve, printed inner bag, download code, standard black vinyl and a bonus 7".

          Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

          The year and change since the release of Parquet Courts monumental 'Light Up Gold' is reflected in ways expected and not with 'Sunbathing Animal', its sharper, harder follow up. Following their quietly released 2011 debut 'American Specialties', 'Light Up Gold' caught the ears of everyone paying even a little bit of attention, garnering glowing reviews across the board for its weird colors and raw energy, saturated punk songs that offered crystal clear lyrical snapshots of city life. It was immediately memorable, a vivid portrait of ragged days, listlessness, aimlessness and urgency, broadcast with the intimacy of hearing a stranger’s thoughts as you passed them on the street.

          As it goes with these things, the band went on tour for a short eternity, spending most of 2013 on the road, their sound growing more direct in the process and their observations expanding beyond life at home. Constant touring was broken up by three recording sessions that would make up the new album, and the time spent in transit comes through in repeated lyrical themes of displacement, doubt and situational captivity. To be sure, Sunbathing Animal isn’t a record about hopelessness, as any sort of incarceration implies an understanding of freedom and peace of mind. Fleeting moments of bliss are also captured in its grooves, and extended at length as if to preserve them. Pointed articulations of these ideas are heard as schizoid blues rants, shrill guitar leads, purposefully lengthy repetition and controlled explosions, reaching their peak on the blistering title track. A propulsive projection of how people might play the blues 300 years from now, “Sunbathing Animal” is a roller coaster you can’t get off, moving far too fast and looping into eternity.

          Much as Light Up Gold and the subsequent EP Tally All The Things That You Broke offered a uniquely tattered perspective on everyday city life, Sunbathing Animal applies the same layered thoughts and sprawling noise to more cerebral, inward-looking themes. While heightened in its heaviness and mania, the album also represents a huge leap forward in terms of songwriting and vision. Still rooted firmly in the unshackled exploration and bombastic playing of their earlier work, everything here is amplified in its lucidity and intent. The songs wander through threads of blurry brilliance, exhaustion and fury at the hilt of every note. Parquet Courts remain, Austin Brown, A. Savage, Sean Yeaton, and M. Savage.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          LP Info: Gatefold sleeve, printed inner bag, download code, standard black vinyl.

          Parquet Courts

          Sunbathing Animal

            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

            2013 was, in many ways, a ridiculous year for Parquet Courts.

            It began with a record release show for their now legendary full-length ‘Light Up Gold’ at Death By Audio in Brooklyn, a secondary home to the guys.

            Fast forward to January 2014, with the band playing Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

            From the basement to playing for millions.

            Add in ‘Light Up Gold’ picking up end of year acclaim everywhere from Rolling Stone to Pitchfork in the US to The Times and NME in the UK and that was Parquet Courts’ 2013.

            It is now with much excitement that Parquet Courts announce the release of a new single on Rough Trade – ‘Sunbathing Animal’, which is the A-side to the Record Store Day 7” and b-side ‘Pilgrims To Nowhere’, another brand new song.

            Limited to 1000 copies for the UK and Ireland.

            Parquet Courts

            Light Up Gold / Tally All The Things That You Broke

              Expanded version of ‘Light Up Gold’, including a bonus disc featuring a brand new 5 track EP (which is also available to buy a standalone mini album).

              Aside from the brief B side burst of ‘Smart Aleck Kid’, people haven’t heard new ‘properly recorded’ songs from the boys in Parquet Courts since their critically acclaimed album ‘Light Up Gold’ - a surefire year-end Best Of… list staple. The What’s Your Rupture? label are pleased to announce the first taste of the band’s new music, a mini album entitled ‘Tally All The Things That You Broke’.

              This new record is far more than a stopgap in between full lengths; it’s the sound of Parquet Courts stretching out.

              Aside from the brief B side burst of ‘Smart Aleck Kid’, people haven’t heard new ‘properly recorded’ songs from the boys in Parquet Courts since their critically acclaimed album ‘Light Up Gold’ - a surefire year-end Best Of… list staple. The What’s Your Rupture? label are pleased to announce the first taste of the band’s new music, a mini album entitled ‘Tally All The Things That You Broke’.

              This new record is far more than a stopgap in between full lengths; it’s the sound of Parquet Courts stretching out.

              THE PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2013

              The last few months have seen a wildly accelerated trajectory for Austin Brown and Andrew Savage, aka Parquet Courts. Formed from the ashes of bands such as Fergus & Geronimo and Teenage Cool Kids, Parquet Courts are a glorious encapsulation of everything NYC punk should be; a frenzied and frantic ramraid on the history of garage rock but with more whip smart intelligence, cutting humour and – crucial to the band – emotional honesty than most other bands muster.

              Parquet Courts initially released their debut LP “Light Up Gold” on their own label Dull Tools in July last year, but the resultant buzz and excitement (with the tastemaking likes of Spin, Pitchfork, Village Voice and many others joining the ranks of the converted) has seen the album get an official release in the US in January and in the UK on April 15. From start to finish, this is a full throttle experience which you have no choice but to dive in to headfirst, with ridiculously infectious melodies and propulsive guitars which grab you as Brown and Savage (with assist from Max Savage and Sean Yeaton) spin their short, sharp tales of quarter-life ennui (“Borrowed Time”), weed-induced inertia (“Stoned and Starving”) and job anxiety (“Careers in Combat”) with concise, laserlike precision.

              “5 stars - Parquet Courts have produced a debut that’s both instantly addictive and lastingly rewarding” – Guardian.

              “9/10 - Goddamn great…a powerful, personality-heavy record” – NME.

              “8.0 - A gel-capsule-sized dosage of distilled NYC punk rock: vinegary smarts, reeled-off quotables...It's maximum-attitude, minimum-patience: not just smart, but frantically smart, blurting out everything it might have to say before the time clock expires” – Pitchfork
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              STAFF COMMENTS

              Laura says: There seems to have been much talk about location when it comes to Parquet Courts: They’re (mostly) from Texas, so they’re a Texan band, they live in Brooklyn so they’re a New York band, but to be honest it’s almost impossible to pin their sound down to an exact location. ‘Light Up Gold’ condenses the best bits of garage, punk and indie from across the U.S. and beyond. There’s ‘70s NYC in there; you can imagine them rattling out “Gold Record Diamond Minds” on the stage at CBGBs, opening for The Ramones. There’s an abrasiveness and energy that brings to mind Dischord Records and the whole ‘80s DC scene, and whether they like it or not, there’s a definite Pavement-ish West Coast slacker element. There are UK reference points too (The Fall and Buzzcocks spring to mind) and course they’ve managed to pick up a bit of a Brooklyn swagger along the way.

              Recording the album live in three days has given it a punchy directness and unrelenting energy that most bands try but fail to achieve. Given the amount of stoner references, the album is surprisingly high tempo and for the most part the tracks are short sharp sub three minute blasts. Don’t take the stoner / slacker references too seriously though, these aren’t dumb three chord punk rock numbers. Yes they’re punk, but they’re cleverly crafted pop songs too, full of off kilter rhythms, choppy angular guitar riffs, clever melodies and direction changes.

              So to sum up, in just over half an hour, Parquet Courts have melded all the best bits of guitar music from the last 40 odd years into a fresh, frantic, thrilling ride that’s won over just about everyone in the shop. To quote frontman Andrew Savage in a recent interview; “Light Up Gold is like this unnamed feeling, or sensation that we all have—it's the thing everyone is looking for.”


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